Beltex crosses from Rory Gregor lead the way at Aberdeen Christmas Classic


Beltex crosses from Rory Gregor, Ranch House Cottage, Thainstone, dominated the show and sale of prime lambs at the Aberdeen Christmas Classic on Tuesday.

In total, 128 head sold to average 263p per kg or £122.62 per head.

Mr Gregor is the first exhibitor to rule supreme in all three sections to include the open championship, the Young Farmers’ section and the butchers’ classes.

His open champions, a pair of 51.5kg, home-bred Beltex cross ewe lambs, by a home-bred sire and out of ¾ Beltex cross ewes, made £300 per head to the judge Tom Hutchon of JB Penman Butchers, Crail.

Mr Hutchon also paid £300 per head for Mr Gregor’s pair of similarly bred butchers’ lambs weighing 55kg per life, while Anna Forsyth of WTS Forsyth Butchers, Peebles, purchased the 51.5kg Young Farmers’ champion pair for £300.

Top price however was £600 per head for pure Blue Texel lambs weighing 49.5kg per life from Faye Wilkie, Whitestone Farm, Skene. They sold to Grant Dinnie, Bridgeton, Alford.

The reserve overall champion pair of prime lambs from Ellie Miller, The Lurg, Midmar, made £500 to Penman. This was a pair of 55kg, Beltex cross ewe lambs by Woodies Chaos – a sire purchased at Carlisle for £1100 – and bred out of 7/8 Beltex cross ewes.

Ellie’s sister Summer, stood reserve butchers’ champion with 46kg Beltex crosses, which also sold to Grant Dinnie, for £250 per head.

The reserve Young Farmers’ lambs, a pair of Beltex crosses weighing 48.5kg from Ellie Miller, sold to Grant Dinnie, for £200.